Edited by Laura J. Shepherd
Chapter 18: Transnational perspectives on gender violence: opportunities and challenges
Transnational feminist organizing on violence against women has been successful in connecting grassroots and regional women’s groups to resources as well as putting feminist issues on the international agenda. While recognizing the possibilities and advances of transnational organizing for feminist goals, scholars have also critiqued global feminist movements for lacking a nuanced approach to understanding the disparate conditions of women across the globe. Some conflicts and critiques in this area come in recognizing that Western feminism has universalized the concerns of the overarching feminist movement and ignored intersectional perspectives that bring in class, race, and sexuality. Others have critiqued modern feminist movements for their dependence on external funders, or, relatedly, for bringing formerly radical movements into the mainstream. Some critics describe some such movements as being too closely wed to neoliberalism, ignoring class issues while focusing on identity issues. We argue that, in spite of these challenges, transnational activism for violence against women has been successful both in changing public attitudes towards violence against women and changing national-level policy. After a period of waning strength, the authors point to the success of campaigns such as the #MeToo movement as potential precursors to a successful future for transnational, intersectional feminist organizing.
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